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Organized dentistry leaders share how more voices can sustain momentum for dental insurance reforms

Dentists regularly rate dental insurance issues among the most important concerns facing the profession today.  

The good news: Many reform measures that improve how patients and dentists experience and use dental insurance have passed in recent years, and these reforms shift the balance of power from insurance companies back to the dental office — which, in turn, strengthens doctor-patient relationships. 

In fact, from 2018 to 2023, state dental societies — with the help of the American Dental Association’s State Public Affairs program — have successfully advocated for 149 new state laws that have helped tip the scales in favor of dentists and patients. With these new laws, there are now at least 240 dental insurance reform laws on the books across the U.S.